We need facts and we need notions
Acts 27:27 “On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land.”
In any storm of life we need facts and we need notions.
Facts may not be many.
It is the 14th night since they set off, Luke had been counting.
The ship is still out of control, driven by the storm not by their desire.
They are somewhere in the Adriatic Sea.
It is around midnight.
Sometimes there are only basic facts available: We are still in the storm of life, we know what day it is today, we don’t know where we are exactly but we know it is the middle of the night.
But then there are notions, ideas that come from experience.
Farmers know how to spot the changes of weather.
Sailors know how to spot the approaching land because of the waves and the sound of the sea.
Similarly we also need to understand the times we are in (1 Chronicles 12:32). The wisdom to know what to do springs out of the knowledge of where we are.
This knowledge isn’t necessarily hard facts; they can be simply signs, small notions, ‘It looks like’ moments. It takes for us to be spiritually alert, listening, inquisitive people.
So what are the facts of your life today? State them. What do you know is true?
Now ask the Spirit to help you spot things that others miss especially what He is doing or about to do or even what the enemy is trying to stir up. Ask the Spirit to help you see.